Royalton School levy approved at 4.8 percent increase

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer

The Royalton School Board approved the 2014 levy at a 4.8 percent increase at the School Board meeting, Dec. 16. The total levy will be $1.125 million. This is the amount that was aproved in the preliminary levy. A public hearing was held prior to the regular board meeting.

“We have to hold a hearing for certification of the levy,” said Business Manager Mary Plante. “We certified the levy at the maximum amounts per levy category as defined by law. The School Board also took advantage of a $300 operating levy that was authorized by law in the last legislative session. There are several levy categories that had slight increases or decreases due to calculations by the Minnesota Department of Education, but the majority of the increase was the $300 operating levy.”

The $300 per pupil unit operating levy is a board-approved levy.

 Royalton School Board Briefs

Other business that came before the Royalton School Board Dec. 16, included:

• Recognizing Board Members Dale Lenz and Liz Verley for more than 100 hours of attendance at Minnesota School Board Association and/or National School Board Association-sponsored meetings;

• Accepting the annual audit following a report by Business Manager Mary Plante in the absence of representatives from Carlson Highland in Fergus Falls. “We received an unqualified opinion — a ‘clean’ opinion,” she said. “The findings are typical for a small district,” she said. “I was told that about 90 percent of school districts in Minnesota have the same finding that segregation of duties is not complete;”

• Approving a request for maternity leave from Stephanie Stang from approximately April 23 through the end of the school year;

• Approving the hiring of Shane Fesenmaier as assistant varsity wrestling coach and Shelby Lies as C-squad/assistant girls basketball coach;

• Approving the termination of paraprofessional Ashley Olson for just cause effective Nov. 21; and

• Authorizing Supt. Jon Ellerbusch to hire a middle school/high school commons supervisor to be on duty from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. daily.

The  next regular School Board meeting will be Monday at 6 p.m. at the high school.